Drilling has created a public health emergency

In May I posted a link to The List of the Harmed, a living list compiled by the Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air. At the time the list included a little over 200 cases of individuals and families in the U.S. who have been harmed by oil and gas drilling. In seven months, the list has almost tripled to over 580 cases and counting. We all know many more people not on this list.

The List of the Harmed

With the following article, we remember Chris Mobaldi who died two years ago from health problems caused by gas drilling close to her rural home in Rifle. And we also learn that Laura Amos and her family are once again faced with the scourge of gas drilling on their property.

Fracking’s Health Calamities Left to Fester

In Woodlands, Pennsylvania, residents are learning to live without water:  Fouled Waters: Woodlands residents search for ways to survive without clean water

Still think you’re not affected by oil and gas drilling? Think again. Oil and gas drilling is contaminating our food supply — Why Are Cows Tails Dropping Off?

In 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency for swine flu which had sickened 20 people in five states, with no reported deaths. By contrast, The List of the Harmed, the testimonies of those of us living in the gaspatch, and the poisoning of our , water, air,and food, dwarfs the swine flu crisis. We are in the midst of a catastrophic public health emergency in this country caused by oil and gas drilling and nothing – that’s right NOTHING – is being done about it.

But something can be done right now as Trési Haupt points out in her Op-Ed in today’s (12/3) PI:  Drilling setbacks must be increased.

It’s time to take the first step toward putting an end to this madness and Colorado should seize this opportunity to lead the way. It’s the right thing to do.

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